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Upgrade to Lavina propane and electric concrete grinders If you're doing anything with polishing, drilling or sawing concrete these days, you're likely already using water in your processes. Those hedging on not using wet processes are staring straight at a mandate from OSHA that requires contractors to reduce the permissible exposure limit (PEL) for respirable crystalline silica.

20-foot carved concrete fireplace stands out in 2017 Parade of Homes

A Matter of the HearthWhen Troy Lemon the concrete sculptor met up with Troy Wolfiss the home builder, a fireplace of great proportions ensued. Wolfiss, owner of Artisan Craft Homes, busily designed his new home which would be part of the Home Builders Association of Greater Grand Rapids’ Spring Parade of Homes.

Stacey Enesey Klemenc
Nov 3, 2017
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Mechanical engineer chooses concrete over current job

Joshua Thiel, Thiel Studios, Palm Beach, FloridaFor as long as he can remember, Joshua Thiel has had a passion for creating and building while also finding innovative solutions to problems. After going to school for mechanical engineering and spending years fabricating and learning how to work with different materials, it seemed like a natural fit to dive into concrete.

Jacqueline Valle
Oct 10, 2017
Joint fillers and sealants are prevalent on commercial concrete floors

FLOORING IT: Fillers and sealants are fast friends for commercial jobsNeed some perspective from the field on fillers and sealants? The people who are most likely to spend time with them are those who work on floors, with a heavy emphasis on the commercial and industrial markets.

K. Schipper
Oct 20, 2017
Concrete Questions: The Acid Stain Looked Good at First ... What Went Wrong?

Concrete Acid Stain FailureWe then washed the floor with soap and water and removed almost all of the color. The floor now looks spotty and ugly. Why did all the color come off, and what can I do to make it look like it did before I cleaned the floor?

Chris Sullivan
Contractor Creates Eye-Catching Floors With Glow Aggregate

lizard print on grey concrete floorWhat started out as a once-in-a-lifetime hunting adventure turned into a friendship and a trophy-worthy job where contractor Matt Villella, owner of Sierra Concrete Arts in Saint Paul, Minnesota, bagged one of his most memorable projects to date.

Jennifer Byrnes
The First Concrete Countertop Conference

Colored glass used as aggregate in concrete countertop fabrication.The Raleigh-based Concrete Countertop Institute sponsored conference was an important step for professionals in the decorative concrete industry in the establishment of quality standards for concrete countertop professionals and the building industry.

Bent Mikkelsen
Jan 22, 2007
Metallic Epoxy Floors: How to Install, Control and Manipulate them

brown gold metallic epoxy coatingColorful mica pigments designed to be dispersed in a variety of binders are part of what makes metallic epoxy floors so alluring.

Jon Kopp
Jan 4, 2016
Art Collector Begins Stenciling Concrete Counters and Tables

Fabien Mené, a French native and art collector, never thought he’d find himself working in decorative concrete. It all started after studying art at the Charles de Gaulle University — Lille III. The idea of creating stenciled tables came to him after making bar counters in a class and wondering if he could add a stencil to the bottom of a casing.

Jacqueline Valle
Decorative Concrete Tips: Accounting for Concrete Color Change with Acid Stain Application

Many comments, instructions, warnings, and confused looks surround the numerous ways acid stain colors can fluctuate from one concrete slab to another. Even under the tightest quality controls, concrete reacts with chemical stains differently every time. However, the sometimes-unpredictable reactions are exactly what produce the interesting and beautiful results one can achieve from acid stains.

Marvin Dodson
Feb 22, 2002
High-Octane Vibe: Polished Concrete in Harley Davidson Dealership

Polished Concrete in Harley Davidson Dealership

Joe Maty
The Concrafter - Concrete Stamping Tool for Edging

Concrete stamping edge tool that does not need special forming or pouring.If you're into stamping concrete (and who isn't these days?), here's a tool that should be part of your repertoire. Concrafter® LLC design stamps — the brainchild of Theo Hunsaker and his sons, Kip and Sean, out of Vernon, Ariz. — require no special forming or pouring to create decorative edges. The process is so simple and fast, the Hunsakers say, you'll literally gain “the edge” over the competition once you master the technique.

Stacey Enesey Klemenc
Dec 1, 2002
A Leader in Decorative Concrete: Bomanite Corporation

Early in the imprinting concrete era, Brad Bowman walks on an early concrete stamp made of metal.Bomanite Corporation has been a leader in the decorative concrete industry for more than half a century. What began as a small company with a single vision has now grown into a worldwide organization that offers its franchise partners five separate licensing programs: Imprint, Toppings, Polishing, Precast and Grasscrete.

Editors
Aug 27, 2005
Justin Burd and Nathan Smith, Set In Stone Concrete Design House

Concrete coffee table by Justin Burd. Natural wood inlays in perpendicular patter cross at one end. Concrete trivet sits on top of a round concrete table.

Decorative concrete bars and concrete countertops are “anticlimactic” to many concrete contractors. Many concrete contractors continue to push the limits of what concrete can do as a medium by creating good design and shapes that are not often seen within the decorative concrete industry.

Vanessa Salvia
Concrete Veneer Panels Make ICFs Rock

A concrete stone like veneer being placed on the outside of an old brick fireplace. For contractors who want a rock finish on the exterior of an ICF structure, M a variety of panelized stone veneer systems and interlocking structural insulated home-building panel systems are available.

K. Schipper
Apr 1, 2015
Why To Consider Using a Consultant for Your Upcoming Concrete Jobs

Man with a chip brush applies color to the side of a concrete pool liner.A decorative concrete consultant, according to Concrete Decor, can help with product and installation procedures, assist with selecting qualified installers, and provide preparation and enforcement of specifications.

Elise Crain
Aug 5, 2002
The Journey Home: A legacy of giving back at the Presbyterian Night Shelter

Imprinted concrete and inlayed graphicsA crew of trainers and the people who signed up to take their workshops transformed much of the Presbyterian Night Shelter in Fort Worth, Texas.

Vanessa Salvia
Dec 2, 2014
Basics of Concrete Overlays

Applying concrete overlay to existing surface for a decorative look.After the existing substrate is properly cleaned and prepared, apply a self-leveling overlay. If desired saw cut, "grout lines" into the concrete overlay. Apply the your choice of stain. Remove excess stain and neutralize the surface before sealing it. 

Editors
Feb 1, 2001
Polishing Dry-Shake Color Hardener: Yes or No?

Some say avoid this combination altogether. But others say it can be done well — as long as contractors are aware of potential pitfalls.

Christina Camara
Sep 17, 2008
Maintaining Garage Floors

It can be an easy job. But “easy” doesn’t mean you don’t have to think about or prepare for it.

Mike Dawson
May 7, 2008
J&M Lifestyles, Randolph, N.J.

With a history in decorative concrete stretching back to the 1930s, J&M Lifestyles brings generations of experience and expertise to all of its projects.

Erin F. Ansley
Mar 12, 2008
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